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Marco Tardelli says Juventus will have to break the bank for Luis Suarez

Splash out, Old Lady: Juve should break the bank for Suarez, says legend Tardelli

Sunni Upal


12:09 GMT, 4 March 2013



13:56 GMT, 4 March 2013

Juventus legend Marco Tardelli believes that Liverpool star Luis Suarez could be the missing piece of the jigsaw for the Italian champions and solve their attacking problems.

Juve are six points clear of Napoli in
Serie A and on course to retain their title but they are desperately
seeking a big-name striker to add to their squad.

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Prolific: Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick at Wigan on Saturday to take his Premier League tally this season to 21

Prolific: Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick at Wigan on Saturday to take his Premier League tally this season to 21

Hero: Luis Suarez celebrates his hat-trick goal during Liverpool's dominant win

Suarez's outstanding season continued at Wigan on Saturday as he netted a hat-trick in Liverpool's 4-0 win.

Tardelli admitted, though, that luring Liverpool's prized asset to Turin could be a step too far and Juve have been linked with moves for Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez and Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic.

Tardelli told Tuttosport: 'It's obvious that a striker who scores 20 goals a season would be a good addition for any team. Good players are not cheap, though.'

'Suarez would be ideal due to his power, technique and directness, but I'd say signing him could be a complicated matter. (Gonzalo) Higuain could be a more realistic option.'

Juventus host Celtic in the second leg of their Champions League tie this week having won the first leg 3-0 in Glasgow.

Tardelli added: 'Teams like Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have something extra, but the Champions League is a strange competition.

'If Barcelona and Real Madrid are eliminated in this round, things are different for the other teams. And at that stage, Juventus could go far with their great organisation.'

Suarez's three-goal haul on Saturday took him to 21 Premier League goals for the season as he leapfrogged Robin van Persie in the race for the Golden Boot.

VIDEO: Watch match highlights and Suarez's stunning hat-trick…

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Man City and Chelsea want Falcao for 46m

Man City ready to hijack Chelsea's 46m bid for Atletico striker Falcao



09:20 GMT, 21 October 2012

Hot property: Falcao

Hot property: Falcao

Manchester City are preparing a 46million bid to rival Chelsea's offer for Atletico Madrid striker Falcao.

Colombian hitman Falcao, 26, has scored 11 goals in just seven appearances this season and has quickly become Europe's most sought-after striker.

Chelsea are prepared to meet the release clause of the player who netted a hat-trick against them in the European Super Cup, but City scout Carlo Cancellieri has revealed that boss Roberto Mancini is also interested in the former Porto man.

When discussing City's striking options Cancellieri significantly did not mention wantaway Bosnia Edin Dzeko, while he played down talks of a move for Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic.

'He [Jovetic] is an interesting player, he has quality. But in attack City are already good, we’re happy with Tevez, Aguero and Balotelli,' Cancellieri told tuttomercatoweb.com.

'Moreover, I believe that our players are better than Jovetic. He is a very good player, but he is not one who could make a difference such as Falcao.

Top form: Falcao celebrates scoring for Colombia against Paraguay last week

Top form: Falcao celebrates scoring for Colombia against Paraguay last week

Top form: Falcao celebrates scoring for Colombia against Paraguay last week

'I spoke about him in recent days with Mancini. If we were to take a player in January, we should take Falcao. He is an important player, the only one who could make us take the leap.'

Although City have more financial clout than Chelsea, Blues owner Roman Abramovich is determined to add Falcao to his strikeforce and is unlikely to give up his quest without a fight.

Arsenal to launch 15m raid for Spain striker Adrian Lopez

Arsenal boss Wenger to launch 15m raid for striker Lopez



21:54 GMT, 18 October 2012

Arsenal will make a 15million offer for Spain striker
Adrian Lopez when the transfer window re-opens.

As revealed by Sportsmail last week Arsene Wenger wants to
sign a new centre-forward in January after accepting he has not managed to fill the void left by former skipper Robin van Persie, who departed for Manchester United for 24m
during the summer.


Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez

Target man: Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez

Wenger will dispatch one of his scouts to watch the Atletico Madrid forward play against Real
Sociedad on Sunday.

Hot shot: Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez

The Gunners boss knows he must strengthen his attacking options after
privately admitting Olivier Giroud and Gervinho are not the answer to his
central-striking quandary.

Wenger has 35million to spend during the next
transfer window and is willing to use a hefty slice for that budget to bring a
top-level striker to north London.

international team-mate Fernando Llorente remains on the radar, while
the Gunners have also checked out Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, who is a
target for Manchester City.

Manchester City ramp up efforts to land Stevan Jovetic

Vieira checks out Jovetic as Manchester City ramp up bid to sign Fiorentina striker



09:06 GMT, 3 October 2012

Manchester City have stepped up their
efforts to land Stevan Jovetic as they prepare to make a fresh move for the Fiorentina striker in the
January transfer window.

The Blues' football development executive Patrick Vieira flew to Italy to check on Jovetic during Fiorentina's 2-1 defeat by Inter Milan on Sunday.

Watching brief: City chief Patrick Vieira checked out Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic

Watching brief: City chief Patrick Vieira checked out Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic

Roberto Mancini tried to sign the 22-year-old striker in the summer but the Serie A side ignored his overtures.

The Blues remain keen and hoped to make a preliminary agreement to see off interest from Italian giants Juventus in the Montenegro international, who bagged 14 goals in 27 appearances last season.

Fiorentina's technical director Eduardo Macia conceded that Jovetic will eventually have to be let go.

'It will be very difficult to keep him at Fiorentina, he is a great player, who will eventually play for another club,' he said.

us his situation is similar to that of Steven Gerrard for Liverpool.
This summer we decided that Jovetic was not on the market and he
understood it perfectly despite Juventus' offer.'

England World Cup Qualifying Group H explained

Here we go again! England on the road to Brazil 2014… but who are the danger sides



14:04 GMT, 6 September 2012

The quest to reach Brazil for the 2014 World Cup is already underway in some parts of the world but on Friday the European nations will officially kick-off their campaign when the group stage qualifiers begin.

With another summer of penalty heartache firmly behind them, England feature in Group H as favourites to qualify automatically by finishing top of the pile.

But who will be out there to stop them Sportsmail gives you the lowdown on the five teams aiming to get the better of Roy Hodgson’s side.

New era: Roy Hodgson is about to lead England into World Cup qualifying

New era: Roy Hodgson is about to lead England into World Cup qualifying


A country that has come a long way in a very short space of time since splitting with Serbia.

Montenegro were the lowest seeded team in England’s Euro 2012 qualifying group but ended up posing a realistic threat to Fabio Capello’s side in a bid to secure top spot before eventually finishing as runners-up.

They missed out on Poland/Ukraine after losing their play-off, but the upsurge in fortunes now makes them the second seeds in the group.

Home form is strong but performances away from Podgorica will need to improve if they are to hit similar heights this time around.

FIFA world ranking: 48

Manager: Branko Brnovic

The former Yugoslavia international has big shoes to fill. Predecessor Zlatko Kranjcar was fired with just two games remaining in the Euro 2012 qualifiers before Brnovic stepped up from his assistant role to replace him.

After drawing his first game with England, the 45-year-old has since lost all three competitive matches he has taken charge of.

Star man: Stevan Jovetic

Apparently the new Roberto Baggio and that’s good enough for us. The 22-year-old plays just behind the striker and his technical ability has won many plaudits during his time at Fiorentina.

Already he is on fire in Serie A, scoring three goals in the opening two games of the season and if he and Mirko Vucinic hit top form in qualifying they could be a major strike partnership.

The new Roberto Baggio Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic (right)

The new Roberto Baggio Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic (right)

Previous World Cups

1930-2006: Did not enter
2010: Failed to qualify

Record against England: W0 D2 L0

Euro 2012 qualifier: Drew 2-2 (h) 07/10/11
Euro 2012 qualifier: Drew 0-0 (a) 12/10/10

Chances of qualifying:

The surprise element has gone from Montenegro, who will now be taken as a serious threat by the rest of the group. It’s unknown territory for the country in just its second qualifying campaign for the World Cup but the team should still challenge for the runners-up spot.

Danger rating: 3/5


Revenge is on the cards for Ukraine who are still hurting from their Euro 2012 exit on home soil at the hands of England in their final group game.

Form is on their side though as they are the only team to defeat the Three Lions in a qualifying game over the last five years, and they bossed large periods of their 1-0 defeat earlier this summer.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom at Euro 2012, as the hosts showed they could compete with the best after an Andriy Shevchenko double put Sweden to the sword. But with the legendary striker now in his rocking chair, it’s a new era for the Eastern Europeans.

FIFA world ranking: 39

Manager: Oleh Blokhin

He’s only been in the job since April so was thrown in at the deep end for Euro 2012 but he came out of the tournament with a respectable showing, if not the results.

The 59-year-old led Ukraine to the World Cup before during his spell in charge between 2003 and 2007 and has vast experience of coaching at club level, having spent over 10 years managing in Greece at clubs like Olympiakos, AEK Athens and PAOK.

Rising star: Yevhen Konoplianka (left)

Rising star: Yevhen Konoplianka (left)

Star man: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk

Father Time is catching up with a generation of players that have taken Ukraine to new heights at international level, but the 33-year-old captain may have just one last campaign in him.

The Bayern Munich holding midfielder has an unprecedented 120 caps for his country and his experience is not to be underestimated.

Previous World Cups

1930-1994: Did not enter
1998-2002: Did not qualify
2006: Quarter-finals
2010: Did not qualify

Record against England: P5 W1 D0 L4

Euro 2012 group stage: Lost 0-1 (h) 19/6/12
World Cup 2010 qualifier: Won 1-0 (h) 10/10/09
World Cup 2010 qualifier: Lost 1-2 (a) 01/04/09
Friendly: Lost 0-3 (a) 18/08/04
Friendly: Lost 0-2 (a) 31/5/00

Chances of qualifying:

The loss of Shevchenko is a blow but not as heavy as it would have been five years ago. There are promising players making their mark at international level now including winger Yevhen Konoplianka, who had a very soild Euro 2012 and will prove a vital attacking threat.

On paper they should be England’s strongest challengers so anything less than a runners-up spot will be a failure for Blokhin’s side.

Danger rating: 4/5


Another team with a point to prove after crashing out on home soil at Euro 2012. Poland were dealt a relatively kind group for the tournament but draws against Greece and Russia followed by defeat against the Czech Republic saw a group stage exit.

Despite their disappointing showing it was nowhere near as bad as their last qualifying campaign. In trying to reach the World Cup in South Africa, the Poles won just three games on the way to finishing second bottom. Don’t expect to see that again…

FIFA world ranking: 56

Manager: Waldemar Fornalik

New to the role after predecessor Franciszek Smuda’s contract was not extended beyond Euro 2012.

With over 10 years of managerial experience in the Polish leagues, the 49-year-old faces his biggest challenge yet to guide the Poles through a tough group.

Fornalik has only been in charge of one match but he got off to a losing start following a 1-0 reverse in a friendly at Estonia last month.

Star man: Robert Lewandowski

Europe only saw brief flashes of Lewandowski’s undoubted quality at Euro 2012, but the Borussia Dortmund striker will still be Poland’s focal point for goals.

The 24-year-old will be a marked man however and his personal success will likely play a huge role in how Poland will eventually fare in Group H.

Hot property: Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski (centre)

Hot property: Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski (centre)

Previous World Cups:

1930: Did not enter
1934: Withdrew
1938: First round
1950: Did not enter
1954: Withdrew
1958-1970: Did not qualify
1974: Third place
1978: Second round
1982: Third place
1986: Last 16
1990-1998: Did not qualify
2002-2006: Group stage
2010: Did not qualify

Record against England: P17 W1 D6 L10

(Last six meetings)
World Cup 2006 qualifier: Lost 1-2 (a) 12/10/05
World Cup 2006 qualifier: Lost 1-2 (h) 08/09/04
Euro 2000 qualifier: Drew 0-0 (h) 08/09/99
Euro 2000 qualifier: Lost 1-3 (a) 27/03/99
World Cup 98 qualifier: Lost 0-2 (h) 31/05/97
World Cup 98 qualifier: Lost 1-2 (a) 09/08/96

Chances of qualifying:

It’s a fine line. Poland could just as easily win the group as they could finish fourth. Topping the table will likely have to involve defeating England for the first time in nearly 40 years though.

There will be no disgrace in finishing runners-up and clinching a play-off spot, especially with Ukraine and Montenegro posing similar threats.

Danger rating: 4/5


It’s been a long time since Moldova crossed England’s path but the country are arguably in a worse position to qualify now than when they last met the Three Lions back in 1997.

Just three wins (two were against San Marino) in qualifying for Euro 2012 played a part in a slump down the rankings, with their placing of 143 back in March their lowest for 18 years.

Mind you, the winless record to finish bottom of their qualifying group ahead of the 2010 World Cup also hasn’t helped.

FIFA world ranking: 141

Manager: Ion Caras

It’s all turned full circle for Moldova with Caras, appointed in January, back for a second spell in charge after becoming the country’s first ever manager in 1991.

The 61-year-old held the reins for six years before departing the first time and for this campaign has targeted at least a fourth place finish. He can’t do worse than his last stab at the big time as Moldova finished bottom of their World Cup qualifying group in 1997 after losing all eight matches.

Star man: Alexandru Suvorov

Struck a respectable four goals in qualifying for Euro 2012 (no they were not all against San Marino) and with over 30 caps is one of the country’s most experienced players.

Playing as a forward, the 25-year-old will likely be pulling the midfield strings but Steven Gerrard and friends shouldn’t be too ruffled up by a player who currently turns out for Polish second tier side, Cracovia.

Previous World Cups:

1930-1994: Did not enter
1998-2010: Did not qualify
Record against England: P2 W0 D0 L2
World Cup 98 qualifier: Lost 0-4 10/9/97
World Cup 98 qualifier: Lost 0-3 01/09/96

Chances of qualifying:

Don’t waste your money. Finishing fourth will be a success for Moldova and anything more than that would be nothing short of remarkable – although you cannot blame Caras for setting the bar relatively high.

The top four will expect to take a comfortable six points from them but Holland only twice narrowly defeated them in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, while Finland were beaten 2-0. They will be Group H’s banana skin for someone.

Danger rating: 1/5

San Marino

April 25, 2001 is a historic day in San Marino football and now a distant memory, but it was the last time the international whipping boys took as much as a point from a competitive game.

Since drawing 1-1 at Latvia, they have played and lost 53 games, scoring just six goals and conceding a whopping 239 times.

That on-going record of defeats doesn’t look like changing anytime soon but as one of the smallest countries in the world, what do you expect

FIFA world ranking: 206

Manager: Giampaolo Mazza

One record that San Marino can at least be proud of is that having been in charge for 14 years, Mazza is the longest serving international manager in Europe.

His experience isn’t quite paying off but the 56-year-old must be doing something right to remain in charge after all these years. Someone must have thought about pulling the trigger on his reign after a record 13-0 loss to Germany in 2006 though.

Star man: Aldo Simoncini

It’s not easy picking a star man from a team officially ranked as the worst in the world, but as only one of two players that feature as a professional, Simoncini will need to be at his best.

And as a goalkeeper it’s easy to see why. If San Marino are to grab a shock draw it is more than likely their 26-year-old between the sticks will have to pull off some world class saves in the process.

Previous World Cups:
1930-1990: Did not enter
1994-2012: Did not qualify
Record against England: P2 W0 D0 L2
World Cup 94 qualifier: Lost 1-7 17/11/93
World Cup 94 qualifier: Lost 0-6 17/02/93

Chances of qualifying:

There is more chance of you and 10 of your mates from the Dog and Duck of forming a team and qualifying. The resources are just simply not there for San Marino to ever climb above minnow status.

With Andy Selva now 36, San Marino’s star striker and all-time top scorer (eight goals) is also past his best. A successful campaign will be getting a solitary point, that or repeating their trick of scoring against England inside 10 seconds – still a World Cup qualifying record.

Danger rating: 0/5

Roberto Mancini desperate to strengthen Manchester City

Five days to save our season! Mancini desperate to strengthen struggling City squad



22:15 GMT, 26 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Roberto Mancini has warned that Manchester City’s transfer activity in the next five days will shape the destiny of their defence of the Barclays Premier League.

After a summer of frustration, the City manager – whose side came from behind twice against Liverpool on Sunday to draw 2-2 – is adamant his club must spend.

A 6.2million deal for Swansea winger Scott Sinclair is in place and will be formalised by Tuesday but Mancini is determined to bring in a major name.

In the market: Roberto Mancini expects a busy final week of the window

In the market: Roberto Mancini expects a busy final week of the window

In the market: Roberto Mancini expects a busy final week of the window

He has been pursuing Atletico Bilbao’s Javi Martinez, Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina and Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi and believes City must act if they want to retain their title.

‘We need to bring players in and we have five days in which to do it,’ said Mancini, who has ruled out a move for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, who was the subject of a 20million bid from City earlier this month.

‘We have to work hard in these four or five days. It will be a long week for us. Yes (it will decide how we perform) we have our targets and we will go for them in the next five days.’

Incoming: Winger Scott Sinclair will join City from Swansea this week

Incoming: Winger Scott Sinclair will join City from Swansea this week

Mancini was thankful City’s battling qualities came to the fore at Anfield as they needed to second half goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez to pilfer a point.

The Italian, who rubbished reports that he is planning on quitting City in a year, looked tetchy for much of the game and was embroiled in a touchline row with England midfielder James Milner, who was substituted shortly after gesturing at Mancini.

Mancini said: ‘We wanted to win but we were 1-0 down and then 2-1 down and we did not deserve to lose this game because we played well. In the end, I think this was a good result.

Daniele De Rossi

Wanted: De Rossi

Stevan Jovetic

Target: Jovetic

Javi Martinez

In the market: Martinez

When asked about his altercation with Milner, Mancini added: ‘No all the players played well, including Milner, but when you are down you have to try something different.’

Tevez was City’s brightest spark and he has indicated that he wants to continue at the Etihad Stadium for the foreseeable future.

‘My family is here, my children are here and my wife is happy,’

Tevez, who went on strike and returned to Argentina last season, told Sky. ‘I have two years left on my contract and yes, I could stay longer.

‘The new season is good for me. I have lost seven kilos, so that is good for me and the club.’

Roberto Mancini may quit Manchester City over lack of signings

Raging Mancini may quit champions City over lack of summer signings



22:06 GMT, 25 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Roberto Mancini could quit as Manchester City boss inside a year if he doesn’t receive the backing he requires.

Sportsmail understands he is unlikely to see out his recently-signed contract if he continues to be left high and dry over new signings.

A source close to Mancini said: ‘He has three targets before the window closes — Daniele De Rossi, Maicon and Stevan Jovetic.

Furious: Roberto Mancini (left) is not happy with City's transfer policy

Furious: Roberto Mancini (left) is not happy with City's transfer policy

Lone signing: Jack Rodwell (left) is the only player to have joined City

Lone signing: Jack Rodwell (left) is the only player to have joined City

'We will see what happens in the next few days. He feels there is no one at the club doing the transfer dealing for him and he has been left with just 19 players for the new season. He is angry, as you can imagine.

‘He is ambitious, he has just won the Premier League and wants to win the Champions League. But he can’t do that without the right support.

Target: Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is wanted by City

Target: Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is wanted by City

England bound Inter Milan's Maicon (right) is also on City's wishlist

England bound Inter Milan's Maicon (right) is also on City's wishlist

‘He isn’t about to walk out on City but if nothing else happens before the transfer window closes this could be his last season at City. I wouldn’t rule out a move elsewhere next season.’

There is still tension between Mancini and City chief executive Brian Marwood.

The Italian will want to see some of his targets realised in the next five days if he is to be pacified.

Sunderland launch 10m bid for Adam Johnson

Sunderland set to pip Spurs and Everton to Johnson after launching 10m bid for City winger



22:48 GMT, 19 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Sunderland have lodged a 10m bid for Manchester City's Adam Johnson.

The winger is also the subject of interest from Everton and Tottenham, but Sunderland have made the best offer.

City hope to wrap up an 8m deal for Swansea's Scott Sinclair, 23, and are looking at Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, 22.


Shown the door: Adam Johnson (centre) will be allowed to leave Manchester City

Shown the door: Adam Johnson (centre) will be allowed to leave Manchester City

Such moves could push Johnson, who has also been tracked by Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool, further down the pecking order.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has also enquired about Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov, 31, and is considering a loan move for Tottenham's Danny Rose, 22.

He is also watching Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha, 19.

After Manchester City's 3-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday, manager Roberto Mancini said that he was willing to let Johnson, 25, find another club before the transfer window closes on August 31.

Hot property: Johnson is being tracked by West Ham, Sunderland and Tottenham

Hot property: Johnson is being tracked by West Ham, Sunderland and Tottenham

'Adam is a young guy,' said Mancini. 'He is a good player and he wants to play. In these 10 days, if we find a good solution for him and he can go to play, maybe it is better.

'I don’t know about a loan. We have two or three situations. We are talking with him about this. But if he stays here I don’t have a problem.'

Chelsea move for Hulk hit by 43m PSG bid

Chelsea hopes of landing Hulk could be scuppered by 43m PSG bid



09:04 GMT, 19 June 2012

Chelsea have been warned that Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to pay almost 43million for Hulk.

The European champions have struggled
to agree a fee with Porto for the Brazil striker after initially
registering interest around the 30m mark.

Target: Brazil's Hulk (left)

Target: Brazil's Hulk (left)

Hulk is keen to move to Stamford Bridge, but his price tag has shifted only upwards after a good run of games on international duty this summer.

Chelsea are looking at other options – such as Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic – in case they cannot agree a deal and claims of PSG's interest may be seen as trying to force Roman Abramovich to up his bid.

Portuguese media claim the ambitious French side have been in touch with Hulk's agent Teodoro Fonseca about developments as they look to sign a big striker.

PSG have so far failed in bids to sign Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Alexandre Pato and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Newspaper A Bola claims Tottenham will be contenders to sign Hulk if Andre Villas-Boas is appointed the new boss at White Hart Lane, though the price tag appears to be prohibitive.

Meanwhile, another Portuguese newspaper, Diario Noticias, says the biggest stumbling block to his move to Chelsea is a dispute about who should pay Fonseca for his five per cent stake in Hulk, and Uruguayan club Atletico Rentistas, who own 10 per cent.

Stevan Jovetic could leave Fiorentina

Fiorentina determined to keep Jovetic but are unsure of striker's intentions



13:26 GMT, 12 June 2012

Fiorentina would love to keep striker Stevan Jovetic in a purple shirt but have admitted they do not know if he wants to leave the club

The Montenegro international has attracted attention from Chelsea and Manchester United, while Napoli and Juventus are also looking at the forward.

Jovetic scored 14 goals in 27 Serie A games this season and is hot property but Fiorentina are quick to remind suitors he has four years remaining on his deal.

Wanted: Stevan Jovetic is a talent

Wanted: Stevan Jovetic is a talent

'Our wish is to keep Jovetic,' Fiorentina’s sporting director Daniele Prade told Gazzetta dello Sport.

'He is under contract with us and we want to build the team around him. The player will have to tell us whether he wants to stay or go.'

The Viola chief added: 'We have not received any offers for any player and that includes Jovetic. But the transfer market is open until August 31.'